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Waters tops Bathurst qualifying, Stanaway stars

CAM Waters has shone in treacherous conditions to grab provisional pole for the 2022 Repco Bathurst 1000.

It was a classic wet qualifying thriller with times steadily tumbling.

And it ended in controversy, with Shane van Gisbergen and Macauley Jones colliding at the Esses in the dying stages, resulting in the latter hitting the wall heavily.

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That incident may have crushed the dreams of some looking for a last-ditch flyer, and it puts an element of doubt over van Gisbergen’s place in the Top 10 Shootout having qualified fourth.

Wedged between Waters and van Gisbergen were Lee Holdsworth and Chaz Mostert, while rounding out the top five was wildcard sensation Richie Stanaway.

There were plenty of high-profile omissions from the 10, including Anton De Pasquale (11th) who missed the Shootout after mucking up his last flying lap.

Also missing the cut was in-form Andre Heimgartner (12th) and Jamie Whincup (14th), who was selected over Broc Feeney to qualify the #88 Red Bull Ampol Racing ZB Commodore.

Those who did scrape through in positions sixth through 10th were Will Davison, Nick Percat, James Courtney, Brodie Kostecki and Will Brown.

It’s particularly notable that Erebus got three cars through to the Shootout, having raced to repair Brown’s #9 after a Practice 4 crash.

The session started with an immediate pair of scares for Tickford Racing teammates Thomas Randle and Jake Kostecki as Chaz Mostert skated around to set the initial benchmark at a 2:29.2143s.

Mostert and Waters traded blows lap after lap, as the fastest time was slashed to a 2:24.6876s by the mid-point of the 40-minute session, set by the Monster Energy Mustang driver.

At that point, it was Waters from Mostert, Courtney, Percat, Heimgartner, Jake Kostecki, Will Davison, De Pasquale, Randle and Holdsworth.

Van Gisbergen rocketed up the leaderboard on successive fast laps to spend a brief period at the top before the Waters and Mostert show resumed.

Entering the final two minutes, Waters, Holdsworth and Mostert were leading the way in the 2:23s while De Pasquale sat on the bubble just ahead of Heimgartner and Whincup, only for Brown to bump the #100 Shell V-Power Racing Team driver out.

Two more practice sessions will take place on Saturday ahead of the Top 10 Shootout at 5:05pm local time.

RESULTS: Supercars Qualifying, Repco Bathurst 1000

PosNo.DriversTeamCarTime
16Cameron Waters / James MoffatTickfordFord2m23.6168s
210Lee Holdsworth / Matt PayneGroveFord+0.2128s
325Chaz Mostert / Fabian CoulthardWAUHolden+0.2193s
497Shane van Gisbergen / Garth TanderTriple EightHolden+0.4497s
551Richie Stanaway / Greg MurphyErebusHolden+0.7359s
617Will Davison / Alex DavisonDJRFord+0.8055s
72Nick Percat / Warren LuffWAUHolden+0.9466s
85James Courtney / Zane GoddardTickfordFord+1.0287s
999Brodie Kostecki / David RussellErebusHolden+1.1729s
109Will Brown / Jack PerkinsErebusHolden+1.3836s
11100Anton De Pasquale / Tony D’AlbertoDJRFord+1.3914s
128Andre Heimgartner / Dale WoodBJRHolden+1.3962s
1331James Golding / Dylan O’KeeffePremiAirHolden+1.3981s
1488Broc Feeney / Jamie WhincupTriple EightHolden+1.5106s
1555Thomas Randle / Zak BestTickfordFord+1.5354s
16888Craig Lowndes / Declan FraserTriple EightHolden+1.7356s
1756Jake Kostecki / Kurt KosteckiTickfordFord+1.8485s
1826David Reynolds / Matt CampbellGroveFord+1.8556s
1935Todd Hazelwood / Jayden OjedaMSRHolden+2.4575s
2020Scott Pye / Tyler EveringhamTeam 18Holden+2.4596s
2122Chris Pither / Cameron HillPremiAirHolden+2.7914s
2296Macauley Jones / Jordan BoysBJRHolden+3.0407s
2318Mark Winterbottom / Michael CarusoTeam 18Holden+3.3994s
2414Bryce Fullwood / Dean FioreBJRHolden+3.5201s
2534Jack Le Brocq / Aaron SetonMSRHolden+3.9072s
26118Matt Chahda / Jaylyn RobothamMCMHolden+4.6269s
274Jack Smith / Jaxon EvansBJRHolden+4.7645s
283Tim Slade / Tim BlanchardBRTFord+7.7017s
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